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Brava's Pricy Smart Oven Finally Gets the Basic Feature We Wanted

This latest version of the pricey smart oven was unveiled at CES today with one simple upgrade we'd been hoping for.

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The Brava glass has all the functionality of the original but with a glass door to view food as it cooks. 

When CNET reviewed the Brava back in 2018, the light-powered smart oven got good marks for performance but was hard to recommend with a price north of a grand. It's only gotten more expensive (along with everything else), but the latest drop -- and the brand's first "new" product since the brand launched more than four years ago -- does finally have the one feature we were hoping for.

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The Brava Glass, which the company unveiled today at CES in Las Vegas, has all the trappings of the original Brava, including the ability to air-fry, roast, bake, broil, toast, reheat, slow cook and warm -- with the addition of a glass front door so you can see the food as it cooks. Previously, food sizzling away in the Brava could only be viewed via your phone, by way of a camera housed inside the cooking chamber. Or, you'd have to stop cooking to open the door to check on your roasting veggies, pork loin or whole chicken. 

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The Brava got good marks for performance when we tried it in 2018.

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A glass door on an oven isn't exactly a modern marvel; in fact, you'd be more hard-pressed to find an oven without one. That said, we're glad Brava caught up to the times and let us all in on the spectacle without having to open our smart devices for one more dang thing.

Even with this welcome upgrade, the Brava is still a serious luxury buy. The original can be had for around $1,300 but the Brava Glass will only be available as part of a $2,000 Chef's Choice set, which includes two glass trays, two metal trays, a muffin tin, a square pan, a loaf pan, an egg tray and a cast-iron chef's pan. 

Read our full review of the original Brava smart oven here and follow more of CNET's coverage of CES 2023.